Bilirakis helps Pasco secure $500,000 safe schools grant

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has helped Pasco County Schools secure a $500,000 federal grant to help keep students and teachers safe. The funding is part of the STOP School Violence Act, which Bilirakis supported and which became law last year. Bilirakis advocated for Pasco to receive this grant after speaking with Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning, … [Read more...]

Bilirakis helps Pasco secure $500,000 safe schools grant

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has helped Pasco County Schools secure a $500,000 federal grant to help keep students and teachers safe. The funding is part of the STOP School Violence Act, which Bilirakis supported and which became law last year. Bilirakis advocated for Pasco to receive this grant after speaking with Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning, … [Read more...]

At the intersection of law enforcement, mental health

An ‘All hands on deck approach’ is needed to address the nation’s mental health crisis. That means greater levels of state and federal funding, and enhanced collaboration between law enforcement and behavioral practitioners. At least that was the message delivered by a group of experts during a recent criminal justice panel discussion titled “The Intersection of Law Enforcement and Mental … [Read more...]

Panelists suggest solutions

Panelists at a discussion at Saint Leo University had some thoughts for ways to divert some offenders from the criminal justice system to mental health courts, instead. That way they could get treatment for their issues, rather than jail or prison time. Dr. Moneque Walker-Pickett, a panelist during an Oct. 7 session called “The Intersection of Law Enforcement and Mental Health,” advocates … [Read more...]

Pasco Sheriff beefs up mental health services

Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is ramping up efforts to address mental health issues, in his agency’s daily work. The sheriff explained his team’s approach to those attending the September breakfast meeting of The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce. Nocco said mental health issues are expanding in a way that affects public safety, during remarks to dozens of chamber members at the Golden … [Read more...]

Chaplain lifts spirits at Pasco Sheriff’s Office 

Chaplain Brian Brown — with his open-door policy — is a confidant for staff members at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. He’s one of a dozen chaplains assigned across the department’s three districts who counsel law enforcement officials. In addition to providing direct services, Brown also oversees the agency’s chaplains. “We minister to agency personnel and their immediate family,” … [Read more...]

These kits can help save lives

A safety measure has been added to Pasco County high schools that’s aimed to help save lives during a mass casualty or active shooter situation. The schools now have bleed control kits — designed to help prevent victims from bleeding out before emergency responders arrive. The kits contain items such as tourniquets, blood-clotting dressings and casualty extraction litter, CPR mask, … [Read more...]

Pasco sets property tax rate for 2020 fiscal year

The Pasco County Commission has adopted a tax rate for the 2020 fiscal year. Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices that will be mailed out to property owners will reflect these rates: TRIM notice: Property tax: 7.6076 Municipal fire service unit: 1.8036 Jail (bond issue): .0277 Fire rescue (bond issue): .0222 Parks (bond issue): .0100 Library (bond issue): .0096 County … [Read more...]

Pasco Sheriff’s Office boosts online crime reporting

Reporting a variety of crimes is getting easier for Pasco County residents through a new online reporting tool being used by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office recently upgraded the capabilities of its citizen online police reporting system to accept reports on a these types of incidents: Petit theft (less than $300) Petit theft bicycle (less than $300) Grand … [Read more...]

Pasco Sheriff launches unit to help mentally ill

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is launching a new unit aimed to better serve the needs of people facing significant mental health issues. The new unit — called the Mental Health and Threat Assessment Team (MHTAT) — will feature six deputies, two caseworkers, a clinical social worker, a sergeant and a lieutenant, who will collaborate with local behavioral health providers to provide tailored, … [Read more...]